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Source Water Protection - Watersheds and the Water Cycle

Watersheds are places we call home

A watershed is an area of land that is drained by a river and its tributaries into a particular body of water such as a pond, lake or ocean. Think about your local creek, river or stream. Where does it start? What types of landscapes does it pass through and where does it end up? All of the area covered is a watershed.

A watershed is made up of a unique mixture of habitats that influence one another.  These habitats include forests, wildlife, creeks, rivers and lakes, farms and even cities or towns.  Watersheds come in all sizes – large and small.

Hydrologic Cycle Watershed Diagram